Aisha Buhari accuses Military of discrimination against female soldiers


The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, said the army authorities were unfair to female soldiers and called for a rethink.

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Mrs Buhari stated this on Thursday at the opening ceremony of the Defence Headquarters maiden annual conference on women peace and security themed,  ‘The imperative of gender mainstreaming in the Armed Forces for operational effectiveness,’ held at the National Defence College, Abuja.

The first lady, who was represented by Senior Special Assistant, Dr Hajo Sani, said there were laws in the military that were unfavourable to female soldiers and called for a change.

She said, “There is a need for the reformulation of laws and policies that border on the inclusion of women in the strategic reformation of effective operational deployment. The wide margin and lack of flexibility in structures based on gender should be abridged.

“Women are restricted to careers within supportive mustering of military community such as finance, human resources, personnel, logistics, medical services and welfare. I join the military women to take exception to such psychological oppression.”

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